ViaSat headquarters in Carlsbad. Courtesy of the company

Carlsbad-based ViaSat was awarded a federal contract worth potentially $478.6 million over five years to provide radio and navigation systems for the Navy.

The Defense Department, which awarded the contract late last week, said the MIDS JTRS terminal that ViaSat will produce is a line-of-sight radio system for collecting and transmitting broadband, jam-resistant, secure data and voice across a variety of air, sea and ground platforms.

The contract will be administered by SPAWAR, the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego.

ViaSat builds satellite and other wireless networking systems and employs more than 3,400 people.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.